The worst job interview advice people love to give

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Best Job Interview Advice

When you're interviewing for a job, everyone has advice for you.

Between your friend telling you how to negotiate, articles telling you how to dress, and your mother reminding you to "just be yourself," it can be difficult to discern what's worth listening to and what's not.

Here are five tips you should always think twice about following:

1. Always wear a suit

In a blog post for Harvard Business Review, Amy Gallo asked career experts to break down some common interview advice, and this nugget didn't stand up to the test.

Yes, you want to look put-together and professional, but it's more important to fit in with the vibe of the company than show up dressed to the nines, they agreed. "Wearing a suit when everyone at the office is dressed more casually sends the message 'I don't understand your culture,''' Gallo explains.

An easy trick: check out a site like Glassdoor to get a feel for the office culture, and dress one or two steps up from that. Dressing appropriately shows your interviewer that you took the time to research and understand the company, which ultimately tells them you care.

2. Make sure you arrive in plenty of time

While arriving late to a job interview is definitely a huge no-no, experts agree that arriving too early can also hurt your chances at landing the job.

As Business Insider's director of talent, Stephanie Fogle, previously told Business Insider's Kathleen Elkins, "There is a fine line between showing interest and looking desperate, and you don't want to send the wrong message."

Arriving more than 15 minutes early can be frustrating for a hiring manager especially because it could throw a curveball into their schedule, Elkins writes. Instead, if you want to make extra sure you arrive on time, head to a coffee shop in the area of the interview early and hang tight there until your scheduled time.

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Body language expert Tonya Reiman, author of "The Power of Body Language," previously told Business Insider that job candidates should make sure they offer the "appropriate amount of eye contact." 

"If you don't, the interviewer will assume you are either insecure, don't have an appropriate answer for the question being asked, or are being deceptive. Does that mean it's true? No, but perception is everything in a job interview."

Reiman said smiling demonstrates confidence, openness, warmth, and energy. 

"It also sets off the mirror neurons in your listener, instructing them to smile back. Without the smile, an individual is often seen as grim or aloof," she explained.

This may give the interviewer the impression that you're bored or uninterested in the conversation. Instead, keep your hands on the desk or table, and don't fidget.

In their book "Crazy Good Interviewing," John B. Molidor, Ph.D., and Barbara Parus suggest showing your palms during an interview — since the gesture indicates sincerity — or pressing the fingertips of your hands together to form a church steeple. which displays confidence, reports Business Insider's Shana Lebowitz.

Reiman previously told Business Insider you should always be aware of your posture.

"People don't realize that the job interview begins in the waiting room, but it does. So don't slouch in the chair in the reception area," she advised. "In order to be perceived as confident, you must sit or stand tall, with your neck elongated, ears and shoulders aligned, and chest slightly protruding."

This position changes the chemicals in our brain to make us feel stronger and more confident, and it gives the outward appearance of credibility, strength, and vitality, she explained.

Playing with your hair, touching your face, or any other kind of fidgeting can be a major distraction for your interviewer. It also demonstrates a lack of power, said Reiman.

This gesture will tell the interviewer you're not comfortable or you're closed off. 

"You should always keep your hands in view when you are talking," Patti Wood, a body language expert and author of "SNAP: Making the Most of First Impressions Body Language and Charisma," previously told Business Insider. "When a listener can't see your hands, they wonder what you are hiding." To look honest and credible, keep your arms uncrossed and show your hands.

"When we touch our faces or hair, it is because we need self soothing,"Reiman explained.

Is that the message you want to send to your interviewer

A weak handshake may tell the interviewer that you're nervous, shy, and that you lack confidence, explains Colin Shaw, CEO of Beyond Philosophy, a customer experience consultancy, in a LinkedIn post

Ideally, your handshake should be firm, but not overbearing. "The secret to a great handshake is palm-to-palm contact," Wood told Business Insider. You want to slide your hand down into the web of theirs, and make palm-to-palm contact. Lock thumbs, and apply an equal amount of pressure.

"It's okay to use your hands to illustrate a few important points," writes Lebowitz. "In fact, research suggests that staying too still can give the impression of coldness. 

"But relying too much on hand gestures can be distracting, according to Molidor and Parus."

She says you should remember you're in a job interview, not a theater audition. 

People tend to show their dominating personality by gripping the interviewer's hand and palming it down, but this tells the interviewer that you need to feel powerful, Reiman explained. "Instead, the handshake should be more natural: thumbs in the upward position and two to three pumps up and down."

As the applicant, you should always wait for the interviewer to extend their hand first, she added. 

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3. Say 'I'm a perfectionist' when asked, 'What's your greatest weakness?'

Everyone has heard the classic advice to say something that's actually a strength when asked what your biggest weakness is. But while this may seem like a sneaky way to make yourself seem more qualified, it actually comes off as fake and cliché. "You're missing an opportunity to demonstrate self-awareness and a willingness to adapt," Gallo warns.

Instead, honestly explain one of your weaknesses, then say what you're doing to fix it. "Point out something that you're genuinely working on," Gallo suggests. This way, instead of presenting a problem, you're presenting a solution.

4. Be yourself

You want to show your interviewer why you're the best person for the job, not wait for them to figure it out on their own. "It's your job as the candidate to figure out what the hiring manager is looking for and tell a story that shows you meet those requirements," Gallo says.

You should never lie or present a false version of yourself, but it's important to play up your best features and make a memorable first impression. "Don't fool yourself into thinking you can just be who you are," says Gallo. "You need to nail those first few seconds by carrying the right props, sitting in the right place, and handling the handshake properly."

5. Don't ask about salary

Staying silent throughout the interview process about salary could send the signal that you'll be happy with any job offer they make, writes Liz Ryan, founder and CEO of consulting firm Human Workplace, in a post on Forbes.

"You have to bring up salary by your second job interview at the latest, or you will be walking straight into the common and frustrating scenario where you get presented with an insultingly low-ball offer, because you never asked, 'What does this job pay?'" she writes.

While you don't want to put money first, asking about the pay range for the job sooner rather than later can save you countless wasted hours and energy on a job that won't pay what you want, Ryan says.

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